Mossop avoids lengthy lay-off

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LEE Mossop breathed a huge sigh of relief yesterday after escaping a long-term lay-off.

The prop will miss the next two to three weeks with an ankle ligament injury – much better than the lengthy absence that he feared.

Mossop hobbled off Widnes’ artificial pitch during the first-half of the 37-36 defeat.

The towering Cumbrian front-rower said: “The news is a lot better than I expected.

“Hopefully I should only be out for two or three weeks.

“When I suffered the injury, I feared the worse, because it felt like I’d broken my leg.

“We’ve got one of the best physio teams in Super League at the club, and they’re confident I’ll be back soon. It doesn’t need surgery, so that’s a relief.”

Mossop will miss Sunday’s visit of London Broncos but has already fixed his sights on the following fixture, at home to Warrington Wolves.

“Hopefully I’ll be back for the Warrington game, that’s one I definitely don’t want to miss,” he added.

Wigan – who have not said whether the artificial pitch contributed to Mossop’s injury – will have a ready-made replacement for Mossop.

Paul Prescott is fit and available after two games on loan with South Wales Scorpions. And Kiwi centre George Carmont is likely to come back into the frame after recovering from a broken thumb injury.

He has not played since the opening day of the season on February 5.

If Darrell Goulding gets the green light to play following a mandatory ‘head test’ – he was concussed in the second-half against the Vikings – then veteran Carmont would appear likely to come in for Jack Hughes at left-centre.

And Wane will also be able to call upon Sam Tomkins, Sean O’Loughlin, Pat Richards, Thomas Leuluai and Liam Farrell, who were all rested at the Stobart Stadium. James Child is referee.